The Power of Stepping Away

Find Your Flow® Blog-The Power of Stepping Away - image of matches lined up, the ones on the left are burnt, then one is lowered from the middle so that the ones on the right don't get burned. The match appears to have "stepped away"

I saw this image on social media, I don’t know who created it, no copyright infringement intended. 

While looking for the copyright owner of this image, I saw that there is a book with the same name, and with a similar image on the cover.

I read the description of the book, and I could instantly relate.

I haven’t read the book, so this post isn’t about that…

When I saw the image along with the caption on social media, it immediately caught my attention. 

It is such a powerful lesson. 

And for my family and I, a timely one.

It is a lesson that has come up in different forms, with different situations and different people, several times over the years. 

Or sometimes, the same person(s), but multiple times, until we finally learned the lesson.

Sometimes, there is no good that can come out of keeping an open line of communication. 

Sometimes, that person just wants to fight, or cause trouble, or pull you down to their level.

Narcissists are pros at this.

The moment I see the habits and behaviors of someone that shows narcissism, I now know to just step away. No need to communicate, to try to share information or have any kind of intelligent talk.

That person wants to be right at all costs, takes no responsibility for their actions, has a huge ego, and is dangerous on many levels.

Sometimes it seemed like they had a good side, or good qualities. And, they probably do.

BUT…

But the danger is that they turn around and undermine their own goodness with all sorts of horrible, unhealthy, dangerous behaviors.

It doesn’t matter what the truth is, or what really happened, because they will bend it. They will manipulate it. They will try to manipulate your feelings and emotions.

They may use fear and intimidation one moment, and then turn around and play the victim the next. 

The lesson that I personally learned when I encountered these people, is that there is no winning. 

The only way to win, is to recognize as soon as possible that there is no winning, and to just step away.

–Winston “the Find Your Flow guy”

 

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